Bali is one of the most visited destinations for travelers year-round. The Indonesian island is home to a plethora of attractions, beaches, and natural scenery that keeps itineraries full and travelers happy. 

There are so many things to do in the country that it’s impossible to fit everything in during one visit. However, there are some activities you have to see whenever you find yourself exploring Bali’s rich culture and landscape. Here’s a list of our 10 favorite excursions to do in Bali.

1. Snorkeling

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From beginners to experts, Bali’s shores are world-renown to divers and have much to over below its waters. There are many favorite snorkeling spots surrounding the island including the wreck of the USAT Liberty, the Coral Garden, and the Fish Nursery and it’s a great opportunity to explore the sea life that calls the Balian waters home.  A great place to view the coral reef and tropical fish is off the coasts of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. There’s a tour that takes you snorkeling and kayaking through the mangroves that you definitely don’t want to miss out on while visiting the country. 

2. White water rafting

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If adventure is on your to-do list, then you definitely want to take some time to white-water raft down the Arung River while in Bali. The tour is two hours long and safety equipment and insurance are included in the costs. After you finish making your way down the river you can enjoy a buffet lunch while overlooking the Arung Valley. 

3. Relax in the natural hot springs

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The hot springs in Bali are a hidden gem many travelers don’t realize are awaiting them in the country. The natural waters are said to have healing properties and people come from all over the world to experience its therapeutic, thermal vibes. The Balinese hot springs combine spiritual, rural settings with modern luxury amenities and are a nice addition to any travel itinerary. 

4. Bali IG Tour

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A great way to show off your Bali adventure to your online followers, the Bali Instagram Tour takes you to some of the most Instagrammed attractions in the country. You’ll visit places like the Ubud rice fields, Tirta Gangga, and the Gate of Heaven, and a guide will help capture the perfect photo to post to your page. The tour has been voted the best tour in Bali for the last three years in a row and it is a must when exploring Bali. 

5. Visit Seminyak

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Filled with luxury hotels, spas, and beaches, Seminyak is the most popular beach resort in Bali. The resort also offers a tour that includes a Balian-inspired brunch, a stroll through the shopping district, and a visit to the Potato Head Beach Club for dinner and drinks. Seminyak is a sophisticated and upscale area so if you need a break from the natural scenery, this is a perfect place to go. 

6. Trek Up Mount Batur

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Another tour that you don’t want to miss, the early morning ascent up Mount Batur is a rewarding experience every visitor to Bali should check out. You’ll arrive at the mountain’s peak just in time to catch the sunrise and enjoy a breakfast cooked from the steam emitting from the volcano. On the way back down the mountain, you’ll catch a beautiful, panoramic view of Ubud as well as three other volcanic craters. If you want to, you can also tour a coffee plantation nearby after your hike. 

7. Tour the Rice Terraces and Volcano

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Touring the rice terraces in southeastern Bali really emerges travelers in Balinese culture and tradition. Not only does this tour take you through the rice fields but it also gives you a chance to explore other wonders throughout the country including the volcanoes of Kintamani and Mount Batur and the Sacred Monkey. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at traditional Indonesian wood carving and taste civet cat coffee.

8. Check out the Elephants

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Although it is considered unethical to ride elephants in Bali, the creatures are an important aspect of the country’s history, and experiencing their majestic beauty is a must-see during a trip to Indonesia. The Bali Zoo provides a dynamic experience to get up close and personal with elephants and learn more about their care and importance to Balinese culture. All of the elephants at the zoo were rescued from mistreatment in areas in Indonesia and you’ll also be able to learn about the different conservation efforts happening to continue protecting elephants throughout the country. 

9. Explore Northern Bali

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If you’re interested in experiencing Balian northern culture, make sure you sign up for the tour of Northern Bali. You’ll be able to check out the Handara Gate, Lake Bratan, and the Jungle Swing all in one day and even bathe under a waterfall to conclude your excursion. The tour is full of cultural activities and nature walks that really showcase the tradition and heritage of the island. 

10. Ubud Jungle Swing Tour

The jungle swing deep in the Ubud jungles is a tourist favorite when it comes to visiting Bali. This tour takes you straight to the swing and is a grand cultural experience that allows you to interact with the indigenous people of the rainforest. Lunch is included in the tour and you’ll also be able to explore more rice fields, volcanoes, and coffee plantations.